Look for a unique gift for the chef in your life? We have gifts for all levels, from small kitchen accessories that you won't find at the local mall, to high quality sushi knives. We list out some extremely popular items such as our Japanese graters to our Damascus Nakiri knives.
Hasu-Seizo was created with the desire to share the extraordinary craftsmanship of the Japanese knife makers with home and professional chefs around the world. Our selection of Japanese kitchen knives from Nakiri to Gyuto and Usuba to Shobu will leave you breathless.
I have used Sakai Takayuki knives for over 5 years and through all that time the blades are incredibly durable and comfortable to use. Repetitive cutting motions are easy and do not tire your hand out.
When you own Hasu-Seizo knives, you get so much more than great tools for your kitchen. The website is a wonderful educational resource where you can learn about knife types/uses, metal fabrication/care/maintenance and the history of Japanese knife-making. Our 3 Hasu-Seizo knives are all different sizes & all are great additions to our kitchen.
Linda and Steve - Gig Harbor, WA
What Customers Are Saying
I received my order very timely, a day before the estimated arrival date. I loved the hand written note that came with my knife as it made me feel even more confident in the legitimacy of the company. Hasu-Seizo truly goes above and beyond to make a happy customer and I will be collecting all my knifes from them from now on.
Tyler - Lawrence, KS
What Customers Are Saying
Hasu-Seizo sent a little gift along with my purchase. I'm not going to give it away. Just to tell you, I'm still smiling AND I haven't had to use it. This was my first single edge knife and it did NOT disappoint. I am going to buy another one.
Sandi - Indianapolis, IN
What Customers Are Saying
As with all their knives, it comes with a band-aid. Beautiful to look at too, the polished Damascus blade is gorgeous and the wooden handle is well made and just fits! You can’t go wrong purchase this paring knife (or other knives) from Midori at Hasu Seizo!
Norman - Bothell, WA
Hasu-Seizo is a family-owned and operated business based in Seattle that sells handcrafted artisan Japanese knives. Our knives, the Sakai Takayuki brand, are manufactured by our family, blacksmiths, and other master craftsmen in Osaka.
Our passion for the history and traditions of the Japanese knife-making process inspired us to start Hasu-Seizo. We want to educate our customers about the various Japanese knife types and why they're so unique. Our online Japanese knife store has the best kitchen knives to help you achieve your full potential in the kitchen.
There are several ways to distinguish a Japanese knife from a Western-style knife. Generally speaking, Japanese knives are lighter and feel more balanced when you're holding them. They're made of stainless steel or a type of high-carbon steel called Yasugi hagane, which is hand-forged by professionals to be harder and thinner. Additionally, traditional Japanese kitchen knives are single bevel while the Western style knives are double bevel. These qualities make them well-suited to precise tasks.
The Japanese knife-making process has a rich history that can be traced back to the Sengoku period (1467-1568 CE) with the perfection of the katana. It's a complex art that has been passed down through generations through hard work and apprenticeship.
There are many types of Japanese knives, each of which is optimized for a specific purpose. Gyuto chef knives, for example, are average-sized knives ideal for a wide variety of kitchen tasks such as slicing meat and larger vegetables. Nakiri knives, recognizable by their rectangular blade, are razor-sharp, making them well-suited to cutting vegetables and herbs.
Before purchasing a Japanese knife, you should first identify what tasks you intend to use that knife for. This will save you from accidentally buying a butchery knife when you primarily prepare vegetables or herbs and a Japanese vegetable knife like the Nakiri would best serve your needs.
We recommend reading the product descriptions on our website to determine which knife is best suited to you or our Knife Buying Guide. If you're still unsure, we encourage you to contact our helpful staff for guidance. Our friendly and knowledgeable team would be happy to help you. You can get in touch with us by emailing email@example.com, calling 1 (425) 273-5362, or filling out our contact form.
Japanese knives require daily attention to maintain their incredibly high performance. Their performance can even improve over time, so long as the owner cares for them properly. You can protect the delicate blade of your Japanese knife by using them with a wooden end grain board rather than marble, glass, steel, or bamboo boards.
Your Japanese knife should also be hand-washed immediately after being used with a mild detergent. Once you've dried it with a cloth, be sure to store it in an area that's cool and dry. When possible storing your Japanese kitchen knives in a knife protector or saya (sheath) will extend the life of your blades as well.
Japanese knives, if used regularly, should be professionally sharpened once or twice a year. Honing the knives can be performed prior to each use to ensure clean slicing but is not necessary for most home use.
If you opt for sharpening your own knives, we would advise against steel honing rods. Japanese knives should be sharpened at an angle of about 10-20 degrees using a whetstone. For more detailed information, see our Knife Maintenance Guide.
If you don't feel confident about taking on this task yourself, we encourage you to opt for a professional's services.
Buying online has come a long way recently but we understand the challenges. We are here to help you make the best choice possible.
Don't see your question answered in the FAQs above? If you'd like to learn more about our Japanese knife shop online, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. Our friendly and knowledgeable team would be happy to help you. You can get in touch with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, calling 1 (425) 273-5362, or filling out our contact form.
We automatically provide you email or text updates (depending on your preference at checkout) when the order has been processed and the tracking information is available.
We want you to be 100% satisfied with your purchase. However, we know online purchases can be a little tricky and do allow returns (with a few stipulations). Check out or Return Policy & Warranty page for more information.
Let customers speak for us
from 49 reviews
Amazing utility knife
I have had this knife for about 2 years now, and it has withstood the rest of time so far. I never thought I would have a “favorite” knife to use, but here I am. From meat to veggies, this knife makes short work of any cutting job. I will definitely be buying more knives if this is any indication of the quality.
I've been slicing and dicing with the knife for a few week's worth of dinner meals and it is very smooth and addicting. The chef knife (got 210mm) is very light and sharp!
Highly recommend adding additional resin sleeves or saya to your cart to protect the knife if not stored in a block.
I’m impressed. Not only was the knife exactly as described and as elegant as it is functional, it arrived quickly and the boxing was stunning. I ordered the knife for me, but receiving it was like opening a present. Amusing (Japanese Band-Aid), origami bow, recycled Japanese newspaper wrapping and a bit of what I assumed was residue from its firing made for a big smile. It cuts beautifully – my only fear is will I do it justice when it eventually needs sharpening.
We first discovered these wonderful knives at the Northwest Flower and Garden Exhibition. They have proven to be so wonderful, we decided that they would make an outstanding gift for family members. Great quality and they retain the sharpness with minimal care.
This isn’t the most high-end knife roll, and that shows, but it is a great deal for the price. I have four knives ranging from 4” to 7.5”, and they all fit well. The roll is a little stiff at first, but softened up after a wash and some unrolling/re-rolling. You kinda have to break it in like a baseball glove.
Bottom line is that if you want a decent knife roll that doesn’t cost as much as a nice knife, this is a great option.
It is beautiful. The craftsman work shows. And it is absolutely beyond a doubt the best knife I have ever known. Feels like I am cutting through nothing when I am cutting vegetables or fish. I can not recommend it enough.
I recently purchased two knives. Let me first begin by saying that I am more than satisfied with my purchases. The knifes are sharp enough to shave the beard of Zeus. As beautiful as the sunrise over Sri Lanka. Lighter than a unicorn feather, and as tough as the forehead of Hercules.
After a bit of research I was able to determine that the steel used for these two particular knives are a mix of the same steel used to make Excalibur and from the shield of none other than Captain America. I'm all but sure these bad boys would easily cut through the claws of wolverine.
All kidding aside, EXCELLENT QUALITY!
I was also a HUGE fan of the super cute hand written note by Midori. So if her boss happens to see this, give her a raise and a promotion. Possibly an office with a window view. That's up to you, But a crisp high five and a raise at the very least.
My only complaint is that there was only one super cute band aid and we ordered two knives. That resulted in my sous chef and I tying our hands together and knife fighting to the death like in the Michael Jackson video.
Now I own two knives and one band aid.
Bottom Line, I look forward to purchasing more from you in the future.
I bought this dual-sided water sharpening stone because all my various sharpening stones are out-of-the-country and not accessible to me; I needed a minimalist and simple solution for sharpening kitchen and utility knives better than the typical kitchen store gizmos. This set absolutely met my expectations, at what seems like a very reasonable price - it allows me to take pride in the sharpening process.
My second purchase from Hasu-Seizo of an Aogami Super Blue knife, and this one for my wife. She absolutely loves it and I've weaned her off of her favorite Global kitchen knife. I even purchased a Suheiro "Snow White" stone to put a razor edge on both of my Aogami knifes - and am sure I will add a sushi knife to my collection. I have not needed the band-aids you sent with the knives, Midori, but greatly appreciate the kindness! George
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